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The Taming of the Hawk Paperback – December 24, 2016
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Redallek Castonar is a rebel with a cause and a mission - Councillor Jarrod Tetran. Held prisoner for three years, Redallek had been promised freedom in exchange for taking the life of the Councillor in a bitter war between the haves and the have-nots.
In many ways this is a dark and bleak story. Both men have roles to fill, although I would have loved to have learned more about Redallek's like before he had become a prisoner. Jarrod is entitled, rich and yet used to bucking the family system. Both men have a strong sense of what would be best for their city, but neither man alone was able to accomplish their goals.
This was not a romance story in the established sense. Yes, the two men had an almost instant attraction but that was a very small part of the book. The ending was more HFN than HEA and I felt myself wishing there had been more.
For me, the problem with the book was that this was a world I knew nothing about, and I didn't know a lot more when I had finished the story. I wondered initially if the book was historical, given that there was an established cast system among the people. But the use of hand-coms and futuristic weaponry put paid to that idea. I concluded that it was more sci-fi/steam punk/not sure.
The storyline is interesting, and the writing is excellent. But after reaching the end of the book and having more questions than answers, I can only wonder if this is part of a serial.
"It is when the hawk comes to you of it's own accord that you know the beginning of the taming is true..."